Music is all around us and is recognised world-wide as a way of promoting self-esteem, enjoyment and a sense of emotional well-being. At Redscope Primary School, we are keen to develop creativity and self-expression through music, and our children have a rich range of opportunities through which they can experience music. They can also take their love of singing out into the local community of Kimberworth Park and the wider one of Rotherham.
In the year 2019-2020, each class from Year 1 to Year 4 has a fortnightly Music lesson with Mrs.Whiteley using the “Active Music” scheme promoted by Rotherham Music Service. The class teacher is observing the lesson delivery and teaching it again the following week, thus consolidating the lesson objectives. The Active Music scheme covers pulse, rhythm, pitch, notation, playing instruments (both tuned and unturned) and singing games. The lessons are mainly delivered through singing. These lessons also develop the skills of listening, memorising, taking turns, performing and appraising, and enhance success and self-confidence regardless of academic ability. Children gain experience of working both as an individual and a group member.
Year 5 have lessons as above with their class teacher in the Autumn Term, then two terms of ukulele lessons with Mrs. Bennett, a teacher working with Rotherham Music Service. These lessons are continued for one more term as the children move into Year 6. For the remainder of Y6, children consolidate previous lessons and develop confidence in performing.
There is a weekly singing session for each Key Stage led by Miss Gallagher, when a variety of songs are learned and used in assemblies, festivals such as Christmas and Easter, parent finales and outside events. Some songs are linked to topics being covered in the different year groups.
Redscope Voices is a choir for Y4,5 and 6 run throughout the year by Mrs Whiteley and Mrs.Walton, and Little Voices for Y1,2 and 3 is organised on a term-to-term basis by Miss Gallagher. We do not audition for these groups, so they are open to all children. Both groups take place after school. Key Stage 2 children can also access formal instrumental lessons in school through Rotherham Music Service, as well as through a private provider. At present we have children learning brass, guitar and piano.
Through their Redscope school life, children have the opportunity to work with visiting musicians, such as an African drummer, learn some scientific aspects of music, listen to professional musicians in both school and outside venues, and perform at the One Voice and Young Voices events when in Y4 and Y5 respectively. They also listen to a wide range of recorded music from different eras and cultures, and some of this is used to enhance other lessons such as P.E., as well as beginning to learn about some of history’s most famous composers.